Health and Community Services

Open Custody

Open Custody is an Order of the Youth Justice Court. When a young person is sentenced to Open Custody, the young person will normally spend the first two thirds of the term in an Open Custody facility, and the final one third in the community under supervision. During this period of supervision, the young person may be returned to custody by the Court for any serious breach of the conditions of supervision.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, all places of Open Custody are community based and non-institutional. There are nine Group Homes across the province that serves as designated places of Open Custody. As well, private homes can be approved as Open Custody placements, called Community Custody Homes. Whether in group-based or private homes, young persons in Open Custody live in residential areas, and have routine access to community services and activities under strictly controlled conditions.

The Open Custody Group Homes are operated by community groups or non-governmental agencies, through Service Agreements with the Regional Health Authorities. These Group Homes are:

  • John Howard Society Home for Youth – St. John’s
  • Pegasus Open Custody Residential Treatment Center – Topsail
  • T.J. McDonald Achievement Center – Burin Bay Arm
  • Pine Heights Group Home – Grand Falls-Windsor
  • Bay St. George Youth Assessment Center – Stephenville
  • Loretta Bartlett Home (John Howard Society) – Corner Brook
  • Labrador Group Home – Happy Valley – Goose Bay
  • Shushepishipan Group Home – Sheshatshiu
  • Nain Group Home – Nain

Further information about Community Custody Homes, and the process for approval, can be found by contacting the Youth Corrections Social Worker at offices of the Regional Health Authorities.

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